National Camera Day – June 29th

National Camera Day

Smile! Today, June 29th is National Camera Day. So get out your cameras or phones and snap a couple memories today!

Camera Trivia

  • The invention of the camera has been traced back to the work of Ibn al-Haytham, who is credited with the invention of the pinhole camera.
  • The word “photography” originates from Greek, meaning drawing with light.
  • The word camera originates from the Latin word “camera obscura” which means “dark chamber”.
  • The 35mm format in still photography was first introduced by Leica in 1925.
  • The world’s first photo was taken in 1826 by a French scientist, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce with a camera obscura.
By Jonnychiwa - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
First Photograph
By Jonnychiwa – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
  • The first color photograph was taken by Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell.
  • The first aerial photograph was taken by French photographer Gaspar Felix Tournachon in 1858, who was also a balloonist.
  • A photo of the Machu Picchu was the first archaeology photo ever taken.
  • There are 12 Hasselblad cameras left on the surface of the moon today.
  • Kodak was founded in the 1890s and became the world’s largest photographic equipment manufacturer.
  • When US scientist Edwin H Land invented the first inexpensive filters capable of polarizing light, he called it Polaroid film. It came about as a result of a holiday trip in 1943 to New Mexico, when his three-year-old daughter, Jennifer, asked why she could not immediately see the photographs he had taken of her. He demonstrated the first instant camera at a meeting of the Optical Society of America on February 21, 1947 in New York City.
  • Apple released it’s first digital camera in 1994, the Apple Quicktake,
  • A photo journalist named Dilish Parekh from Mumbai owns the largest camera consisting of 4,425 antique cameras.
  • George Eastman, an American entrepreneur who founded the Eastman Kodak Company, committed suicide on 14 March 1932 with a single gunshot through the heart, leaving a note which read, “To my friends, my work is done.”
  • 1945 – The real story behind the Navy Man kissing the Nurse on Times Square was that 22 year old George Mendonsa was on a first date with 20 year old girl named Rita. They were in a movie when the lights turned on and the movie was shut off and it was announced the war was over, the Japanese had surrendered. They went out into the streets and stopped and had a few drinks to celebrate. When they were walking down Times Square he was overcome with joy and just grabbed this random stranger (dental assistant in a nurse’s uniform) and planted a big kiss on her while Rita watched. Rita eventually became his wife.
  • Kodak engineer Steven Sasson built the first digital camera in 1975. It resembled a toaster.
  • The “Afghan Girl” was taken in 1984 by  Steven McCurry while crossing into a refugee camp in Afghanistan from Pakistan, disguised as native garb, and was published in National Geographic in 1985. She didn’t even realize the photo of her became world famous until she was shown her own photo in 2002.
  • The most expensive camera (~$2.8 million) was sold at an auction in Vienna. It was a Leica 0-Series camera, a 1923 prototype for the groundbreaking Leica A.
  • In the photo “Hand of Hope”, an unborn baby pulls out his hand out of the incision on uterus during an operation and suddenly grabs the hand of the surgeon. It made the surgeon cry and he couldn’t say or do anything for a few minutes.
  • Wearing yellow makes you look bigger on camera; green, smaller.
  • Here is a list of the top 100 Most Influential Photos.

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